Alphington is a railway station in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, located in the suburb of Alphington, on the Hurstbridge railway line. Alphington Station is unmanned and is in Metcard Zone 1. It is located in a quiet, well-treed area, with mostly single-storied, individual houses, many of which are lovely old period homes.
The State Government has announced plans to redevelop Alphington Station and build around it a large, multi-storey residential/shopping precinct, based around the Wingrove Street car parking area used by rail commuters. Traders in the small Alphington Village shopping strip (located opposite the station) welcomed the development, but most residents are against it. Residents feel that the development will create congestion, have an impact on parking, lead to tree loss and the area would lose its "village feel" if the concrete apartment blocks go up.
Several residents have become very passionate about the development and are becoming organised in order to oppose it (contact this group here: firstname.lastname@example.org). I feel for them, as I have gone through similar processes in my neighbourhood, but to no avail. The development will most probably go ahead, just as it did in my area. Good bye, green suburban Melbourne, welcome concrete city, full of rat cages for the rats of the rat race...
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